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Bill Gates Talk From 1989 Surfaces

Salvance Maybe he was taking the party line (317 comments)

To the computer enthusiasts of the time, it would have been even more laughable had Bill Gates said "in the next two decades, Microsoft software will completely destroy OS/2, will render Apple a shell of its former self by stealing all its innovations, and will demand 1 GB of RAM." So even if he had his world domination plans set in 1989, he couldn't exactly let the world know without being laughed at.

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Salvance Salvance writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Salvance writes "While most bloggers who received the controversial Vista powered Acer from Microsoft are keeping them, Laughing Squid has decided to auction off his free laptop from Microsoft and donate all proceeds to the The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF). He saw this as a great opportunity to support a worthy cause, and some other bloggers are following suit.

What's both ironic and funny is that Microsoft is now backpedaling and telling bloggers to send back the laptops. Do they even have a legal right to do so?"
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Salvance Salvance writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Salvance writes "In an odd twist to the never ending stream of Microsoft lawsuits, a tribe in Chile is trying to sue Microsoft because the Redmond based company added support for the Chilean tribe's language. The Mapuche' tribe contends that Microsoft did not own the language, and did not receive permission from the 400,000 member strong tribe's leaders to release the language pack in their native tongue.

If the lawsuit is successful (which is possible given the Mapuche's strong influence in Chile), what does the future of localization and language support look like for Microsoft and other software vendors?"
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Salvance Salvance writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Salvance writes "New Scientist has asked 50 "brilliant minds" to forecast what breakthroughs to expect over the next 50 years. Each of the 50 forecasts are from experts in their fields, including many nobel prize winners.

Their responses range from the bizarre (Daniel Pauly predicts we'll be able to understand an animal's emotions) to the probable (Nobel Prize winner Frank Wilczek predicts we'll create machines with superhuman intelligence) to the realm of wishful thinking (Paul Davies predicts we may find alien life).

These responses, while interesting, were lacking predictions on what products and services would impact everyday life, which is why I was hoping slashdot readers could provide their own opinions to this question: What human accomplishments, breakthroughs, and technologies do you see occurring over the next 50 years?"
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Salvance Salvance writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Salvance writes "Palo Alto-based Loopt Inc. has announced an agreement with Sprint Nextel to immediately begin offering their cell phone mapping service to all 3.8 Million Sprint Boost subscribers (Sprint Boost is a service specifically targeting the under 25 market). This service will notify users when another subscriber in their contact list is within 25 miles, providing a real time map displaying their contacts' locations. According to the article, the only apparent privacy safeguard is to provide users the option to "temporarily cut out from being 'spotted' by their friends".

Given a retailer's propensity to package together extra services, and the average user's lack of knowledge regarding their phone's capabilities, this new service seems ripe for abuse."
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Salvance Salvance writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Salvance writes "Slashdotters often express strong opinions regarding U.S. policy decisions, particularly that we need less taxation and fewer regulations. Some would argue that this is pure wishful thinking (or Science Fiction), and that history would show that all governments trend towards tighter controls and higher taxes.

I believe (perhaps foolishly) that we must now have the ability to leverage technology to begin bestowing America's benefits on a far larger portion of the population, with lower taxes and less regulatory control, than we ever have in the past. My question to all of you though, is: how do we do this? What actions should the U.S. take to ensure we can maintain/improve our standard of living while reducing the role of government in our lives? Or is this vision simply not possible outside the pages of a Sci-Fi book?"
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Salvance Salvance writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Salvance writes "It's interesting to note that less than 1 month prior to Vista launching, Microsoft released a new Blue Screen of Death Screensaver. From the article:
One of the most feared colors in the NT world is blue. The infamous Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) will pop up on an NT system whenever something has gone terribly wrong. Bluescreen is a screen saver that not only authentically mimics a BSOD, but will simulate startup screens seen during a system boot ... Use Bluescreen to amaze your friends and scare your enemies!
Was this a ploy to reduce corporate users' trust in XP just in time to buy Vista, or simply a coincidentally timed sense of humor by Microsoft's TechNet group?"
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Salvance Salvance writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Salvance writes "Open source software providers have just won a significant legal victory allowing them to continue offering software for free. IBM, Novell, and Red Hat were sued under antitrust laws that were created to ensure that large companies could not create monopolies by offering their software at unbeatable prices (in this case, for free).

Unfortunately, the judges used the relatively low market penetration of products like OpenOffice and the GIMP to defend free software, stating that they showed free software was no threat to established players. This argument creates a predicament for the future — what happens if/when Linux and other free software becomes the leading software? Will it then be subject to antitrust laws, forcing the companies that distribute and support these products to begin charging for it?"
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Salvance Salvance writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Salvance writes "Recently, a friend of mine has been very stressed over a security breach at the company he consults for. The company maintains dozens of Windows 98 desktops to support legacy software that cannot be easily replaced. Due to the inherent lack of security in Windows 98, a worm was able to infiltrate almost every computer and send gigabytes of data (possibly including sensitive company data) to a 'redirector' in Eastern Europe.

My friend was working on other security projects at this company, and in the course of doing so found this massive hole. He quickly convinced the company executives to remove internet access from all Win98 machines, purchase better firewalls, and implement other data protection strategies. However, the sticking point was on client notification.

Due to the nature of the legacy systems, there was no way to know what data was transferred. For this reason, the company wanted to play it safe and disclose nothing. Of course, my friend is all for disclosure and preventing use of the potentially leaked data.

My friend doesn't know what to do, so I thought I'd see what others here thought?"
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Salvance Salvance writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Salvance writes "Yahoo News (via ComputerWire) is reporting that Oracle and Red Hat are turning up the heat in the battle over Oracle's new enterprise Linux offering. While Oracle claims they'll be able to offer their 'Unbreakable' version of Red Hat's Linux offering for half the price, Red Hat asserts that all the important security and hardware certifications would be invalidated on Oracle's offering.

At this point, the only thing that's certain is that Red Hat needs to figure out how to keep their large Oracle Enterprise clients on board or risk becoming a takeover target (undoubtably, with Oracle leading the list of potentially bidders)."
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Salvance Salvance writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Salvance writes "With Halloween coming up, thought I'd send along something a little different, so here's a list of the Top 10 things not to do on slashdot:
  • 10. Don't bash Linux
  • 9. If you're going to bash Linux, bash Redhat.
  • 8. If you don't know what you're talking about, admit it (moderators will probably even flag your comment as Funny)
  • 6. Learn to spel and count
  • 5. Don't make fun of kdawson for continually using the Enlightenment icon on interesting posts. He probably would add you to his blacklist, and who knows what he does with that
  • 4. Don't angrily reply to a comment when someone flames you — just get even later when you get mod points
  • 3. Don't try to be funny if you're not ... just copy and paste someone else's funny comment from years ago
  • 2. If you are funny, say something insightful every once in a while to throw regular readers off ... some will probably try to figure out what's funny about your comment
  • 1. Did I mention not to bash Linux?
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Salvance Salvance writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Salvance writes "Techcrunch recently reported on the battle for viewers between Rocketboom and Ze Frank. What's interesting isn't the bickering between viewership numbers, but rather the difference in distribution channels utilized and the impact on advertising revenue and content control. While Rocketboom's viewership is undeniably higher than Ze Frank's, the article implies that Ze Frank should be attracting far higher advertising $ per viewer due to the content quality and greater viewer participation.

I'd be interested to hear what other Slashdot viewers thought on Rocketboom's 'viewership at any cost' vs. Ze Frank's 'Stay the course' approaches."
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Salvance Salvance writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Salvance writes "After years of shrinking laptops to the point where they were almost unusable, laptop manufacturers now seem to be engaged in a race to sell laptops with ever larger screens. The biggest of these machines, the Dell XPS M2010, boasts a jaw dropping 20.1" screen and a weighs an arm numbing 18.3 lbs. The reviewers love the machine's performance, but are a little less impressed by its heft.

Check out this somewhat humorous review of what happened when a CNET reviewer lugged this 'laptop' around the terrorism-sensitive London public transportation system. This laptop even has a built-in handle ... I wonder if the next generation of portables will be so large that they come with a built-in hand cart."
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Salvance Salvance writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Salvance (1014001) writes "Hey Zonk (and ./'ers), here's a link to an article from The Register on HP overtaking Dell — this time with the correct publishing date. Seems like the focus of the comments for the prior article were on the date misprint rather than the implications of HP taking back the crown."
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Salvance Salvance writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Salvance writes "Computing Magazine reported today that Oracle looks set to release its own branded version of Ubuntu at next week's Oracle OpenWorld conference. While Larry Ellison has been hinting at a Oracle/Linux stack since April, this is the first time that details surrounding its potential release have been suggested.

From the article: "Jeffries & Co. suggested that 'Ubuntu is currently working to certify its recently introduced server operating system to all of Oracle's major products, including database and middleware'. It added that Oracle could produce a server appliance running the stack and/or a pure software offering, and that OpenWorld was a likely candidate for an announcement.""
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Salvance Salvance writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Salvance writes "According to CNET, FBI Director Robert Mueller is attempting to gather support for mandated internet usage tracking from a wide group of organizations including Internet Service Providers, law enforcement, and Congress. The FBI and Justice Department are also looking to mandate data retention requirements on Google and other search engines, a move that appears to be in response to Google's unwillingness to provide this information back in January. According to the article, Congress is expected to vote on these measures in 2007, with Democratic Representative Diana DeGette of Colorado promising to spearhead the legislation."

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Apple and Sony Partner for new iPod Killer

Salvance Salvance writes  |  more than 7 years ago After conceding defeat in the gadget wars, Sony has teamed up with Apple to create the newest must-have gadget - the WalkPod. This combination iPod and cassette tape Walkman bridges the gap between older generations and today's kids, while tailoring to the recent trend towards retro designs.

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Do anything crazy to ring in the New Year?

Salvance Salvance writes  |  more than 7 years ago Anyone have any good stories? Since I have a toddler, I need to live vicariously through others ...

We just hung out with neighbors, although this year we were actually able to stay up until midnight.

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Nerd humor?

Salvance Salvance writes  |  more than 7 years ago So what do you think ... here's a silly little joke:

What did one electron say to the other electron during their wedding ceremony?
How am I supposed to get close enough to kiss you if you're always being so negative!

One of the folks at a site I contribute to (Say No to Crack) posted that along with 4 or 5 other similar jokes. I thought it was kind of funny.

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Colors turn purple on personal page?

Salvance Salvance writes  |  more than 7 years ago Strange, every once in a while my homepage on slashdot changes so that all the colors are purple instead of green. Very difficult to read this way. Not sure if it's my browser (although Firefox does it sometimes too) ...

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Technology to reduce taxes

Salvance Salvance writes  |  more than 7 years ago Slashdotters often express strong opinions regarding U.S. policy decisions, particularly that we need less taxation and fewer regulations. Some would argue that this is pure wishful thinking (or Science Fiction), and that history would show that all governments trend towards tighter controls and higher taxes.

I believe (perhaps foolishly) that we must now have the ability to leverage technology to begin bestowing America's benefits on a far larger portion of the population, with lower taxes and less regulatory control, than we ever have in the past. My question to all of you though, is: how do we do this? What actions should the U.S. take to ensure we can maintain/improve our standard of living while reducing the role of government in our lives? Or is this vision simply not possible outside the pages of a Sci-Fi book?

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I must be getting dumber

Salvance Salvance writes  |  more than 7 years ago So is it just me, or are there far less mod points being distributed over the past few weeks?

After 2 years of reading on slashdot, I decided to signup and post. My first month about 50% of my posts were modded up. Cool. But over the past couple weeks, it seems like all the mod points have dried up. Either that, or I've gotten much dumber and less insightful.

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Top 10 things not to do on Slashdot

Salvance Salvance writes  |  more than 7 years ago With Halloween coming up, thought I'd send along something a little different, so here's a list of the Top 10 things not to do on slashdot:

  • 10. Don't bash Linux
  • 9. If you're going to bash Linux, bash Redhat.
  • 8. If you don't know what you're talking about, admit it (moderators will probably even flag your comment as Funny)
  • 6. Learn to spel and count
  • 5. Don't make fun of kdawson for continually using the Enlightenment icon on interesting posts. He probably would add you to his blacklist, and who knows what he does with that
  • 4. Don't angrily reply to a comment when someone flames you - just get even later when you get mod points
  • 3. Don't try to be funny if you're not ... just copy and paste someone else's funny comment from years ago
  • 2. If you are funny, say something insightful every once in a while to throw regular readers off ... some will probably try to figure out what's funny about your comment
  • 1. Did I mention not to bash Linux?

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Dell's monstrous new laptop

Salvance Salvance writes  |  more than 7 years ago After years of shrinking laptops to the point where they were almost unusable, laptop manufacturers now seem to be engaged in a race to sell laptops with ever larger screens. The biggest of these machines, the Dell XPS M2010, boasts a jaw dropping 20.1" screen and a weighs a monstrous 18.3 lbs. The reviewers love the machine's performance, but are a little less impressed by its heft.

Check out this somewhat humorous review of what happened when a CNET reviewer lugged this 'laptop' around the terrorism-sensitive London public transportation system. This laptop even has a built-in handle ... I wonder if the next generation of portables will be so large that they come with a built-in hand cart.

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Demonizing the internet ... yawn ... again

Salvance Salvance writes  |  more than 7 years ago Once again, the media is demonizing the internet as the new millennium's upcoming addiction. Reuters reported on a Standford study that showed up to 13.7% of all internet users are addicts, defined as those who have trouble staying offline for more than a few days at a time. The article later clarifies the internet addiction label by stating that "a smaller number, 8.2 percent, said they use the Internet to escape problems or a bad mood, while 5.9 percent felt their relationships suffered because of excessive Internet use."

Based on the study's criteria, how many Americans are addicted to driving, eating, sleeping, personal interaction, or sunlight?

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